Bruce McArthur, of Toronto, is shown in this Facebook image
BY SAM PAZZANO and JOE WARMINGTON
Toronto Police may have saved the life of a man who was “tied up” on a bed in accused serial killer Bruce McArthur’s apartment at the time they arrested him, the Toronto Sun has learned.
Police officers, who had McArthur under surveillance around 10:25 a.m. on Jan. 18, did not take any chances when they saw a “young man” enter McArthur’s 19th-floor Thorncliffe Park apartment.
“They had to make a decision,” said a police source.
The decision was to go and arrest local landscaper McArthur, 66, who now faces five charges of first-degree murder, on suspicion of killing Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen.
“They kicked down the door,” said a source. “They stormed in and arrested McArthur.”
Inside, they found many items that have become relevant to the case but nothing more pressing than a man tied up on the bed in McArthur’s room.
“They cut him loose and checked him out medically,” said a police source. “He was OK.”
There has been no mention of this by police since news of McArthur’s arrest became public. But sources close to the probe say investigators had their reasons for not mentioning the shocking discovery, including protecting an individual who likely had no idea about the allegations against the landscaper.
“With what has come out since his arrest, this young man was certainly luckily,” said one source.
McArthur was originally charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga told a media conference Monday that the alleged killer now faces three additional counts of first-degree murder.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.
“We do believe there are more and I have no idea how many more there are going to be,” Idsinga told a stunned a room of reporters and photographers at police headquarters. “The City of Toronto has never seen anything like this.”
McArthur made a brief court appearance Monday and was remanded in custody until his next hearing Feb. 14.
He was initially charged earlier this month with the deaths of Selim Esen, 44, who went missing April 14, 2017 and Andrew Kinsman, 49, who disappeared June 26, 2017.
He’s now accused of killing Majeed Kayhan, 58, of Toronto, reported missing in October 2012; Soroush Mahmudi, 50, of Toronto, reported missing in August 2015; and Dean Lisowick, 47, who was living in a Toronto homeless shelter.
While police are confident these men were murdered, the job of trying to match up their DNA with remains is daunting.
Police searching 30 properties around the GTA and also near Madoc have made macabre discoveries, including finding “severed body parts” in the bottom of 12 large potted planters.
“There’s at least the remains of three people among those body parts,” said Idsinga.
Each day gets harder and harder and although Idsinga wouldn’t comment on the question of how this could compare to the Robert Picton pig farm case — in which 49 women were murdered — it’s something everybody in the room and around the city are wondering.
“All of the families (of the slain) are in shock,” he said, adding it is also “very draining on all the investigators and the people working on the forensic team.”
Meanwhile, in addition to allegedly finding a live victim in his apartment, sources say, special computer cops searched McArthur’s computer and found pictures of his victims which helped them identify some of the men.
The one bright spot possible in this story is the fact that on the day Toronto Police moved in and arrested McArthur, they were able to save one man who was tied up on a bed unaware of just whose room he was in.